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 Jaime Benítez Rexach

Jaime Benítez Rexach

Birth
Vieques, Loiza Municipality, Puerto Rico, USA
Death 30 May 2001 (aged 92)
San Juan, San Juan Municipality, Puerto Rico, USA
Burial San Juan, San Juan Municipality, Puerto Rico, USA
Memorial ID 21861882 · View Source
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Puerto Rican Statesman, Educator. He received law degrees from Georgetown University in 1930 and 1931, and successfully passed the District of Columbia bar exam. Benitez earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago in 1938. He was a Professor at the University of Puerto Rico from 1931 to 1942 and university Chancellor from 1942 to 1966. He was a member of the US Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from 1948 to 1954. In 1952, Benitez was a key member of the convention that drafted the new Puerto Rican Constitution, and prepared the Bill of Human Rights contained in the final document. Benitez served as President of the National Association of State Universities from 1957 to 1958. In 1966 he became President of Puerto Rico's University System, serving until 1971. He was largely responsible for the expansion of the university, with the student body growing from 3,000 to 45,000 by the 1970s. In 1972 he was the successful Popular Democratic nominee for Resident Commissioner to the US House of Representatives, and served one four-year term, 1973 to 1977. He ran unsuccessfully for reelection in 1976, and then became a Professor at Puerto Rico's Inter-American University, where he taught until his retirement in 1986. Benitez suffered a stroke in 1994 and spent his final years out of public life.

Bio by: Bill McKern


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  • Originally Created by: Bill McKern
  • Added: 1 Oct 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21861882
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jaime Benítez Rexach (29 Oct 1908–30 May 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21861882, citing Cementerio Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis, San Juan, San Juan Municipality, Puerto Rico, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .